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Poster: moviedivatoo Date: Oct 29, 2010 10:54am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Fellow Noir buffs

I've gone through all the noir films here at the archive downloading my favs, but it's been awhile since anything new has been added. Does anyone out there know of another website for PD noir? I've been all over the Net and haven't had any luck, but I'm fairly new to this and not sure if I've covered all the ground. I'd appreciate help if you can.

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Poster: gzd Date: Oct 30, 2010 2:34pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Fellow Noir buffs

I'll start by seconding k-otic's statement that the paucity of noirs on the archive is due to the scarcity of expired copyrights for this genre and that the archive is probably the best source for PD movies.

For what it's worth, I'll also add that there are a few movies which, altough they might not be full-blown noirs, have some noir elements in the main feature films section as well:
-Money Madness (1948, reviewed by Noir of the Week)
-A life at Stake (1954)
-the Great Flamarion (1945)

Of course, none of them come close to well-known PD noirs such as T-Men, the Stranger and the Big Combo, to cite a few.
Money Madness is in my opinion the noirest of this bunch, although it was probably made on a tiny budget and is not well-known. A life at stake and the Great Flamarion sit somewhere between straight dramas and noirs, but they're worth a look.

On the side, a gentleman named Sidney Keywood has compiled a "complete film noir list" of over 1100 titles, using IMDB and about ten books on films noirs. For each title, the list shows which sources mention it as a noir. Mentions by at least seven sources out of ten make a title a "consensus" film noir (about 300 of the 1100 titles), while titles with fewer than seven references can be dramas with noir elements or films so obscure that they're not getting mentioned even if they should (Money Madness might belong to this latter category).
Here are the scores for the movies mentioned above in the list:
Money Madness: 2/10
Great Flamarion: 5/10
A life at stake: 3/10

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Poster: tailwheel Date: Oct 30, 2010 8:36am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Fellow Noir buffs

Try these.


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Poster: k-otic Date: Oct 30, 2010 2:04am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Fellow Noir buffs

The problem is, that there are only a little more than a handfull of titles from this genre with lapsed copyright do exist.
If you think that some titles are missing please say so

As far as i know there is no better place to find public domain movies then the internet archive, quantity and quality wise

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Poster: moviedivatoo Date: Oct 30, 2010 7:43am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Fellow Noir buffs

Thank k-otic! I thought that might be the case. I agree this is the best on the web! I'm new to this PD thing and not sure how to research to find any other noir in PD. Thank you again for your response.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Oct 30, 2010 2:06pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Fellow Noir buffs